Respite Foster Care
What is respite care? More specifically, what is respite foster care? This specialist type of foster placement provides full-time foster carers – or birth parents – the chance for a short break, allowing them a chance to recharge or attend to important personal matters.
Respite placements are limited in timescale and rarely last more than a couple of weeks – most commonly during the weekend or school holidays. Foster parents who provide respite care services will often work with the same children at regular intervals and these children will likely already be in full-time care with another foster carer – though sometimes respite care services are made available to birth parents too. These respite breaks provide many benefits for carer and child alike; giving them both some time away from their regular care or parental responsibilities.
This sort of care can be required for a variety of reasons. One example is as support to a full-time foster carer who may need a holiday or may need to travel overseas for important family commitments. In other instances, carers may be struggling with their current foster parent and would benefit from some time away from their current care duties. A similar service is sometimes provided to birth families as well. Where a child has a disability or complex needs that may place considerable pressure on a family, it can be a big wellbeing boost to be afforded a short break.
By choosing to become a foster carer and offer short-term respite services to support existing carers, you’ll be in a unique position to provide support and change the lives of both children and young people in care as well as their parents or carers.
Fostering respite breaks are just one of the many types of fostering services provided by Excel Fostering. As an independent foster care agency, we work closely with local authorities around Northern England to help children and young people in need find new homes once they, for whatever reason, have had to be removed from their family home. Other services we offer include long and short-term placements, parent and child care and sibling group placements. For more information and the types of foster care offered by Excel, please click here.
We’re always searching for caring individuals to become foster parents and offer essential care services. If you’re interested in helping children and young people in your local area, are in good health, are over the age of 21 and have a spare bedroom in your home, we want to hear from you. Once you apply you’ll have the support of a supervising social worker who will be on hand to offer advice and guide you throughout the assessment process. We’ll also provide extensive training to help you provide the best possible care. Once you become a registered carer you’ll be provided with a weekly foster pay allowance to help cover the cost of the new child or young person living with you in your home as well as reward you for your hard work and dedication to your new role.
If you want to become a foster parent, or just want to ask some questions and learn more about the fostering process, then contact Excel Fostering today by phone on 01253 712734 or by using our online contact form. Your call could change the life of a young person in need in your local area.